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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Barr.Okanumee Johnson"<nnpc0006@myway.com>
Reply-To: okanumeejohnson021@i12.com
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 10:30:25 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Dear Sir/Madam,


Barr.Mr.Okanumee Johnson(Esq)16 William Street, S/W,Ikoyi Lagos- NigeriaTel: 234- 8035619649Dear Sir/Madam,I am Barrister Okanumee Johnson an advocate and Solicitor.I am the Personal Attorney to Mr. Fredrick karacic , a foreigner who used to work with European Development Company in Nigeria. On The 21st of April 2004, my client and his wife were abducted and killed by the niger delta freedom fighters along Sagbama Express Road. All occupants of the vehicle in convoy unfortunately lost their lives too.Since then I have made several enquiries to his embassy to see if I can locate any of my clients extended relatives, this has all the while proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his relatives (i.e. Same surname) over the Internet, to locate any member of his family but of no avail, hence I contacted you. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money left behind by my client before it is confiscated by the Finance Firm wher!
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this money was deposited.Particularly, the Finance firm where the deceased had the money deposited (7.3 million dollars) has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin to the deceased or have the money confiscated within the next ten official working days. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 2 years now I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased since you are still a foreigner, so that the proceeds of claim of this deposit valued at $7.3 million USD would be release to you and then you and I can share the money, 70% to me and 25% to you, while 5% should be for expenses or tax as your government may require. I have all necessary legal information that can be used to back up any claim we may make.All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us seeing this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please get in touch with
me by email or call my tel number stated above to enable us discuss further.ALSO SEND THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION AS LISTED BELOW AS SOON AS POSIBLE. 1. FULL NAME2. PHONE AND FAX NUMBER3. YOUR BANK INFORMATION WHERE THE MONEY WILL BE TRANSFERED TO (P.O BOX NOT ACCEPTABLE) 4. YOUR AGE AND CURRENT OCCUPATION5. ATTACH COPY OF YOUR IDENTIFICATIONBest regardsBarr.Okanumee Johnson(Esq)

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